2576 Tasting Notes

80
drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
2576 tasting notes

sipdown of the day…

Steepster is not behaving for me today, don’t know if anyone else is having issues. I might get some more of this the next time I go to David’s, I put some extra ginger in today but no sugar. I’ve been overloading myself with tea and water but I think I will make it to the concert tonight if I don’t float away!!!!

Cheri

I’ve been having issues all day.

The Cookie Lady

I have, too! It’s been terrible. I can only sometimes see everything. Most of the day I’ve been getting the “someone left the kettle on the stove” message (or whatever it says) no matter what I want to look at.

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78
drank Tulsi Immunitea by Simpson & Vail
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I got this blend last year during cold/flu season and I thought I’d break it out today, guess it can’t hurt. I am getting concerned because I have a concert to go to tonight and my tickets are already paid for, need to make a speedy recovery soon! Heal me, tulsi!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Hope you feel better soon! That concert simply cannot be missed. :)

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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88

Good morning Steepster…
This is a sipdown for me this morning. Kind of sad since I don’t have a lot of assam teas in my stash right now. I might be re-ordering this one soon. It’s robust with fruity and malty notes, and just a bit of tannin. Definitely good for a morning brew with lots of soymilk and sugar. The price is fairly reasonable as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Do you have an all-time favourite Assam?

TeaBrat

I really liked the organic assam from Harney & Sons which I don’t have any more of either.

Fjellrev

Ah, you know, I never paid attention to their unflavoured teas. Somehow I thought they wouldn’t be that special.

gmathis

I’ve been thinking about a stock-up order with Single Origin as well. Love their decaf Ceylon.

TeaBrat

Good to know, their Amba Ceylon is amazing also…

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56

This came as part of my recent swap with Cameron. Heh, after reading the reviews I see this tisane did not get very much love. It seems like licorice is a pretty well hated ingredient by many people, I don’t mind it in small doses and if it’s blended well. Since I am sick and licorice is supposed to be good for respiratory problems, I thought I’d give this one a try tonight. Between the licorice and the ginger, it should help something!

Eh, this is okay in my opinion, I probably like it better than most of the other tasters do but I wouldn’t say this is something I’d drink for the sheer pleasure of it, it definitely seems like a medicinal tea. I might have liked this better myself without the cinnamon because there’s a lot going on here, and the flavors are really competing. This has a bit of a really strange aftertaste as well. I don’t see this on Verdant’s site right now and I guess it’s no wonder! I think this will be really good for my sore throat though, I’m sure I can manage to choke down the rest of it.

I am tired of getting sick so often, who has an immune boosting tea that they really like?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

All of the ones I sent were from the Blends Club. :)

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81
drank Bamboo Leaf by Min River Tea
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Finishing off the last of this sample from Min River Tea. BTW, am I the only one who feels guilty if I get free samples from a vendor and then don’t end up buying anything? I should get over it.

I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my collection, most of my straight/flavored green teas are Japanese. I’m not sure why this is the case as I do enjoy them. At any rate, Min River has some delicious Chinese green teas, some of the best I have had to date. I think I will go in for a 2nd steep of this one, perhaps it will mollify my immune system. See previous review for a better tasting note :)

Kittenna

I feel guilty when I get free samples for review and don’t review them promptly. There should be no obligation to buy with samples, so I don’t feel guilty – I participate in spreading the word if they’re good!

boychik

We can’t buy all the teas

Kittenna

But boy do we try.

TeaBrat

I think I have almost all of them… lol ;)

minrivertea

Yeah, absolutely, don’t feel guilty! Personally, I’m happy to hear feedback and spread a bit of love. From a business point of view, the cost of giving away samples is part of our planning, so it’s no problem on that front!

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76
drank Paris Breakfast by Mariage Frères
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This tea gives me problems when I try brewing it (because it’s a black/green) blend but I think I’ve discovered the secret is steeping it for around 3 minutes at water that’s around 190 – 200 f.

So blast this being sick stuff, I am missing another class today. I took a nap and woke up feeling worse than I did before I went to sleep. I thought a cup of this would be nice, I am definitely getting the orange notes, ‘though it’s hard to taste a lot in my current state.

Also I forgot to mention, here is a blog post about Sophie’s Cuppa, in Montclair, if anyone is interested in reading it. What a lovely place. I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2014/10/14/sophies-cuppa-a-new-oakland-tea-treasure/

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86

I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold!

Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would normally choose to drink in the morning but since I can’t taste or smell much today it hardly matters, lol… this is pretty good with soymilk and some coconut sugar. If you haven’t tried coconut sugar I highly recommend you give it a go. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it seems to give a mild, sweet flavor to a lot of teas.

This is sort of a small thing but my “likes” are not sticking to people’s tea tasting notes, is anyone else having the same issue?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
boychik

many days my likes dont stick, but today is ok

boychik

get yourself fresh ginger. i swear it helps. feel better

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92

Going through my pu’erh box this afternoon, I found this sample disc from mercuryhime which is ancient, oh well, at least it’s had more time to age… :)

I’ve been trying to make an effort to drink more of my pu’erhs. Shu is especially nice s an after lunch drink, where it seems good for your digestion and it’s early enough that I don’t have to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake. This disc is good because it doesn’t have any post fermentation flavor that you sometimes pick up with shu. I am getting mostly cocoa in my cup & I will enjoy a few more steeps of this today. Farewell Butiki…

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Hmm, are you sure it’s the disc? If you’ve had it for a long time it can’t be because she just released these on the website recently!

TeaBrat

Yes, I know a disc when I see it. :-P I think these were different because they are ancient phoenix pu’erh and the ones on the website are 2012 Ancient Puerh Discs. Perhaps it’s a different batch.

Stephanie

Ohhh! Did not mean to impune, heh. There must have been discs I wasn’t aware of at some point :-O

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-These were different discs that we sold, I think in 2011 maybe.

TeaBrat

Stephanie, no worries!

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49
drank Pumpkin Patch by DAVIDsTEA
2576 tasting notes

I thought I would try this one again today, it is definitely better steeped for only 3 minutes, which is keeping the spiciness from the garam masala down a bit. I swear this tea smells like curry though, I think the g.m. might just be a bit too much for me in this particular blend. I want something that’s more like a pumpkin dessert and less like an Indian restaurant. I will probably finish the cup but I’m not sure if I will find a way to prepare this that’s really too my liking. Totally interested in swapping this for something if others are interested. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
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okay, I am trying this again. I think my nose has cleared up enough for a proper sense of taste. This doesn’t really remind me of cheesecake but it does have a spicy cookie kind of flavor. Also I like the nutmeg in this blend which is yummy. I am drinking this with soymilk, which should help with the cheesecake flavor but doesn’t. I like this blend fairly well though and I think I will enjoy drinking it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

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